Committee to explore marijuana options

Don Campbell / HP staff The Coloma City Hall is pictured April 7, 2018.

COLOMA — Coloma officials say they will take time to learn about marijuana before deciding whether to opt in or out to allowing facilities in the city. 

The City Commission was pressed at their meeting Monday night about the topic from a crowd of about 30 residents who support marijuana sales. Most focused on the economic opportunities the businesses could provide for the city. 

The City Commission has never taken any formal stance on medical or recreational marijuana, but at Coloma’s Nov. 12 meeting, Mayor James Polashak said he was working to draft an ordinance to opt out of allowing recreational marijuana sales in the city. 

Then at its Nov. 26 meeting, commissioners discussed learning more about the topic before making a decision. 

Polashak was asked Monday night if the city would form a committee of commissioners to explore the topic of marijuana. 

He said yes, and when asked if he just said yes to placate the concerns of the residents or if he really intends to make the committee, he said the city will form the committee. 

Mark Smith, with The Green Door and PM Growers in Bangor, attended the meeting to answer questions from the commission. He also invited them to tour his facilities. He said about 200 of his 4,600 medical marijuana customers live in Coloma. 

Commissioner Jason Hicks those who came to the meeting and said he supports cannabis sales. 

A majority of Coloma residents who voted in November favored legalizing recreational marijuana, voting 328 to 251 in favor of Proposal 1.

In other business, the City Commission approved replacing a sewer line under the CSX Railroad tracks at a cost of $94,625.

“The bottom half of (the sewer line) is missing,” Commissioner Marsha Hammond said. “It could stay the way it is, but it could also collapse tomorrow and it is in a piece of land that is holding up the trestle where the train goes over the old interurban and the Paw Paw River.”

She said if the sewer collapsed, it could mean train derailment.

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